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1966, Part Two 31 July, 2016

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Friday, July 29: Wrapping up our look back 50 years, here’s the 1966 playlist that got us dancing. Included were a select sample of June hits. Kudos to Michael Polacheck, Larry Vaughn, and Louise Richardson, who racked up the most points in our Name It and Win It contest.

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6606 Crispian St. Peters – The Pied Piper
6606 Ray Conniff Singers – Somewhere, My Love
6606 Syndicate of Sound – Little Girl
6606 Tommy James & The Shondells – Hanky Panky
6606 Tommy Roe – Sweet Pea
6606 Troggs – Wild Thing
6606 Yardbirds – Over Under Sideways Down
6607 Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
6607 Byrds – 5D (Fifth Dimension)
6607 Donovan – Sunshine Superman
6607 Francis Lai – Un Homme Et Une Femme
6607 Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass – Work Song
6607 Hollies – Bus Stop
6607 Lee Dorsey – Working In The Coal Mine
6607 Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City
6607 Mamas & Papas – I Saw Her Again
6607 Napoleon XIV – They’re Coming to Take Me Away
6607 Rolling Stones – Lady Jane
6607 Wilson Pickett – Land Of 1000 Dances
6608 Association – Cherish
6608 Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
6608 Billy Stewart – Summertime
6608 Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y
6608 Cilla Black – Alfie
6608 Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
6608 Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
6608 Los Bravos – Black Is Black
6608 Neil Diamond – Cherry, Cherry
6608 Roger Williams – Born Free
6608 Simon & Garfunkel – The Dangling Conversation
6608 Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
6608 Surfaris – Wipe Out
6608 Swingin’ Medallions – Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)
6608 Walter Wanderley – Summer Samba (So Nice)

Know when you are.

Know when you are.

6609 Alexander Courage – Star Trek theme
6609 Bob Dylan – Just Like a Woman
6609 Bobby Darin – If I Were A Carpenter
6609 Count Five – Psychotic Reaction
6609 Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood
6609 Eric Burdon & The Animals – See See Rider
6609 Four Tops – Reach Out, I’ll be There
6609 Johnny Rivers – Poor Side Of Town
6609 Left Banke – Walk Away Renee
6609 Monkees – Last Train to Clarksville
6609 Question Mark and the Mysterians – 96 Tears
6609 Sergio Mendes + Brasil 66 – Mas Que Nada
6610 Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
6610 Brenda Lee – Comin’ On Strong
6610 Hollies – Stop, Stop, Stop
6610 Lovin’ Spoonful – Rain on the Roof
6610 Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels – Devil With a Blue Dress
6610 New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral
6610 Paul Revere & Raiders – The Great Airplane Strike
6610 Peter & Gordon – Lady Godiva
6610 Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
6611 Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is
6611 Baja Marimba Band – Ghost Riders In The Sky
6611 Davie Allan & The Arrows – Wild Angels theme
6611 Donovan – Mellow Yellow
6611 Eggplant That Ate Chicago – Dr West’s Medicine Show & Junk Band
6611 Magic Mushrooms – It’s A Happening
6611 Music Machine – Talk Talk
6611 Neil Diamond – I Got the Feeling (Oh, No, No)
6611 Sandy Posey – Single Girl
6611 Simon & Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade of Winter
6611 Temptations – I Know (I’m Losing You)
6611 Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
6612 Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is
6612 Blues MaGoos – We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet
6612 Bob Crewe Generation – Music To Watch Girls By
6612 Buckinghams – Kind Of A Drag
6612 Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
6612 Four Tops – Standing in the Shadows of Love
6612 Keith – 98.6
6612 Lovin’ Spoonful – Nashville Cats
6612 Mamas & Papas – Words of Love
6612 Monkees – (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
6612 Paul Revere and the Raiders – Good Thing
6612 Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy vs Red Baron
6612 Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard
6612 Seekers – Georgy Girl
6612 Sopwith Camel – Hello, Hello
6612 Tom Jones – Green Green Grass of Home


1966, Part One 23 July, 2016

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Friday, July 22: Here’s the playlist from the music marathon’s first half. The number preceding each song is the year and month code that helps me sort in chronological order. We didn’t get to June, but hope to, at least partially, on July 29, when we finish the year. Thanks to all who dug it!

1966 part one

regressing 50 years

6601 Beach Boys – Barbara Ann
6601 Bob Kuban & The In-Men – The Cheater
6601 Bob Lind – Elusive Butterfly
6601 Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law (And The Law Won)
6601 Chris Montez – Call Me
6601 Five Americans – I See The Light
6601 Four Seasons – Working My Way Back to You
6601 Gentrys – Spread it on Thick
6601 Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’
6601 Marvelettes – Don’t Mess with Bill
6601 Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
6601 Sir Douglas Quintet – The Rains Came
6601 Slim Harpo Baby – Scratch My Back
6601 Strangeloves – Night Time
6601 Supremes – My World Is Empty Without You
6601 The Who – My Generation
6602 B. J. Thomas – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
6602 Herman’s Hermits – Listen People
6602 Neal Hefti – Batman Theme
6602 Norma Tanega – Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog
6602 Outsiders – Time Won’t Let Me
6602 Peter and Gordon – Woman
6602 Pozo Seco Singers – Time
6602 Rolling Stones – 19th Nervous Breakdown
6602 Simon & Garfunkel – Homeward Bound
6602 Temptations – Get Ready
6602 Turtles – You Baby
6602 Wilson Pickett – 634-5789
6603 Gary Lewis & The Playboys – Sure Gonna Miss Her
6603 Joe Tex – The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)
6603 Spencer Davis Group – Keep on Running
6603 Cher – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
6603 Harden Trio – Tippy Toeing
6603 Rascals – Good Lovin’
6603 Drifters – Memories Are Made Of This
6603 Herb Alpert – Spanish Flea
6603 Hollies – I Can’t Let Go
6603 Johnny Rivers – Secret Agent Man
6603 Knickerbockers – One Track Mind
6603 Paul Revere & The Raiders – Kicks
6603 Yardbirds – Shapes of Things
6603 Beach Boys – Caroline, No
6603 Jerry Butler – For Your Precious Love
6603 Lou Christie – Rhapsody In The Rain
6603 Petula Clark – A Sign Of The Times
6603 Ray Charles – Together Again
6603 Righteous Brothers – You’re My Soul & Inspiration
6604 Beach Boys – Sloop John B
6604 Bob Dylan – Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
6604 Byrds – Eight Miles High
6604 Capitols – Cool Jerk
6604 Chris Montez – The More I See You
6604 Dallas Frazier – Elvira
6604 Dionne Warwick – Message To Michael
6604 Herman’s Hermits – Leaning on the Lamp Post
6604 James Brown & Famous Flames – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World
6604 Koko Taylor – Wang Dang Doodle
6604 Love – My Little Red Book
6604 Mamas & The Papas – Monday Monday
6604 Wayne Fontana & Mindbenders – A Groovy Kind Of Love
6604 Nancy Sinatra – How Does That Grab You Darlin’
6604 Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
6604 Robert Parker – Barefootin’
6604 Sam & Dave – Hold On I’m Coming
6604 Standells – Dirty Water
6604 Walker Brothers – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
6605 Animals – Don’t Bring Me Down
6605 Chiffons – Sweet Talkin’ Guy
6605 Critters – Younger Girl
6605 Cyrkle – Red Rubber Ball
6605 Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
6605 Four Seasons – Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me)
6605 Frank Sinatra – Strangers In The Night
6605 Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High
6605 Joe Tex – S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song)
6605 Kinks – Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
6605 Leaves – Hey Joe
6605 Lovin’ Spoonful – Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind
6605 Neil Diamond – Solitary Man
6605 Ray Charles – Let’s Go Get Stoned
6605 Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
6605 Simon & Garfunkel – I Am A Rock


Titanic Commemoration Playlist 21 April, 2016

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Here’s what patrons heard at the April 15 gathering:

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1. Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch – Titanic Original Soundtrack – James Horner 4:31
2. Nearer My God To Thee – Titanic OST 2:53
3. Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On 5:18
4. Pete Seeger – The Titanic 3:40
5. When That Great Ship Went Down – Woody Guthrie 3:27
6. Irish Rovers – The Titanic 6:40
7. Get Yo Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me (Shine on the Titanic) – George Clinton 6:00
8. Kirsty MacColl – Titanic Days 5:45
9. Peggy Seeger – Swim to the Star 3:04
10. Half Japanese – The Titanic 1:49
11. Les Barker – Have You Got Any News of the Iceberg? 3:05
12. Sissy Spacek – The Great Titanic 2:31
13. Lead Belly – The Titanic 5:14
14. Jaime Brockett – Legend of the USS Titanic 13:30
15. Gordon Lightfoot – Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald 6:38
16. George Harrison – Wreck of the Hesperus 3:36
17. Benh Zeitlin – Glory at Sea theme 2:32
18. Stan Rogers – The Mary Ellen Carter 4:57
19. Gordon Lightfoot – Ballad of Yarmouth Castle 5:15

We also sang sea shanties, which I’ll post shortly.



May Day Means Beltane 4 May, 2015

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So Green Man screens THE WICKER MAN (Extended Version)
And we get to see THE (original) EQUALIZER (Edward Woodward
With Britt Ekland and Diane Cilento as of 1973 (in their prime)
Linda has made a Wicker Man (with art flames) out of barley and grains

We eat THE WICKER MAN as we digest the movie of same name
Enjoy the company of poets, artists and Polish visitors May Day 2015 (Beltane!)

Now the twist was this – Howie has distributed copies of song sheets
For so much music suffuses that uncut movie – we sing along
Of course it is hard in the dark to find the words to the songs
But it lightens the mood and brings life back to limbs
When we sing in Beltane with THE WICKER MAN onscreen!

– Thom the World Poet


The Alamo is Fallen 8 March, 2015

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credit George Nelson

credit George Nelson


In a room full of Texans. Many interjections! Much annotation! “I KNOW him—that’s Turk Pipkin!” Extras were named, locations assured—that is Bastrop/this is Pioneer Farm.

It is as if there are THREE “Alamos.” First, the abortive John Wayne/Richard Widmark travesty. Next, this new (2004) version 90% true to history. Lastly, the actual “ALAMO.” Even now, bills are being passed to prevent foreign ownership of this grave/Memorial. It has changed hands and functions much like Tejas/Texas. (Six Flags Over Texas!) We (like Titanic/Avatar) all know the inevitable ending. This film begins with that. We relate to those acting famous roles and compare their depiction with known facts. To be in a small room with Texas fact-checkers makes me glad I am not Santa Anna.

– Thom the World Poet


Austin Turns 175 18 October, 2014

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Austin 175

One hundred and seventy-five candles

Marvelous celebration of the birth of the city we love. Austin began with a party that never really stopped. It was a swell evening of conversation about literature and history and art, a perfect run-up to next week’s book release. Here’s how Thom World Poet experienced it:

So Howie Zowie screened slides of Lamar, Stephen F Austin, Sam Houston, David Crockett, Elisabet Ney, Laguna Gloria, Armadillo, East Avenue, Capitol#1,#2,#3, Street cars on Congress and 6th Slides from SLACKER interspersed with Eliza Gilkyson, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson. Front pages of the AUSTIN CHRONICLE, interior shots of the Driskill & Capitol, MoPac being built, plans for Austin, habitation patterns of Tonkawa, raiding Comanche, Mayors and Governors, Planners and Politicians and Players from LBJ to Waller and those Three Philosophers. Trains with tracks into the city center, street cars ditto, wide, planned Congress Avenue, Bars like Scholz’s Bier Garten. Murals, Cathedral of Junk, Stevie Ray Vaughn (now a statue on Lady Bird Lake) and we realized how much we loved Little Single Story Austin—unique, individual, eclectic, eccentric, artistic, articulate and cheekily deviant—not this highrise nightmare imposed upon the flatlands, obscuring our view of the Capitol. Linda brought out a birthday cake. We cheered/we ate. We laughed with goodwill about our town, our ghosts of Leslie, lost musicians, lone artist-poets. Streets change. Memories remain. 175 years. None of us can contain her. None of us wish to control or restrain her.GO AUSTIN GLOW! May EVERY day be your Best New (Re)Birth Day! (and Night,too!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!


Woodstock Revisited 16 August, 2014

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Fri, Aug. 15: On this day 45 years ago, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition, began outside of Bethel in upstate New York. It became a defining moment in the cultural history of the 20th century. The mega-festival summarized everything that had come before it, stood alone as an indelible snapshot of its immediate time and place, and set a pattern for all outdoor concerts to come. Echoes remain.

three days of peace and music

Three Days of Peace and Music

The Green Man hitchhiked to Yasgur’s farm virtually, and his guests reveled in the remarkable performances, interviews, and images captured so long ago. We feasted on intriguing handmade pastries, swilled beer and wine, danced, and generally hung out. Many of us donned our tie-dye outfits, headbands, and vests with protest buttons. Most could only imagine what it must have been like for those 400,000 young people who got to be there then.

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Lina, Zow, and Thom

We are blessed to have witnessed, even from afar, all that incredible talent and the outpouring of good vibes. This is the legacy that still informs many of our activities. This is why we go to Kerrville and ACL. This is why we believe that it’s natural to coexist in harmony with our neighbors. This is why we know that singer-songwriters, poets, and other artists can lead the way to a better world now and tomorrow.

Warmly aglow, we’ll continue the retrospective this evening with a look at Taking Woodstock, then let loose of the memory for some span. Perhaps we’ll do it again for the 50-year observance in 2019. See ya then!

We are stardust, we are golden

and we’ve got to get ourselves

back to the garden.